Portfolio Picture Sequencing (Podcast 663)

Portfolio Picture Sequencing (Podcast 663)

Creating a New Photography Portfolio (Podcast 662)

Following on from final week’s episode on making a portfolio, I made the time to pick out my Landscapes of Japan pictures however in contrast to my Wildlife portfolio, which felt fantastic with the photographs in chronological order, my panorama work wanted sequencing, so at present we’re going to dive into a few of my concerns when deciding on the order of the photographs in a portfolio.

To present you just a bit little bit of background on the venture earlier than we transfer on, in final week’s submit, I defined how I made a decision to separate away the panorama work from my Nature of Japan portfolio and create a brand new Wildlife of Japan portfolio, and though I didn’t assume I’d have time to do the Panorama portfolio earlier than leaving for Namibia this week, I used to be reminded that I hadn’t touched on sequencing within the final episode, and though that was a aware determination, as a result of I made a decision to go away the portfolio in chronological order, I ought to have a minimum of defined that.

I additionally didn’t actually have time to enter sequencing in final week’s already lengthy episode, so breaking them away into separate posts was in all probability a good suggestion anyway. I’d prefer to ship out an enormous thanks to Ulana Switucha for speaking with me on these posts, and for being a minimum of partially answerable for me placing them collectively. Ulana is an excellent photographer with a beautiful website, so do test that out when you may have a while.

So, I made a decision to undergo my whole assortment of pictures for this panorama portfolio and ended up with a reasonably hefty assortment of 200 pictures to work with, however I whittled it down to only 50 utilizing the processes that we discussed last week.

Beginning the Sequencing Course of

Taking a look at my 50 pictures, I now want to start out and put them into some kind of order, that may make sense when seen in collection throughout a slideshow, and I additionally need to be sure that the web page of thumbnails appears good too. I began with my set sorted by date, from oldest to latest, as you may see on this screenshot.

Sorted by Date
Sorted by Date

Most asset administration purposes will robotically swap to some type of customized order when you begin to drag your pictures round, so to get began, I’m actually simply going to start out dragging my pictures round, and seeing how they appear. I’ll go over the kind of issues that I take into consideration as I do that now. It’s not unusual to determine that sure pictures simply don’t match, or that we have to go and fetch one thing else to make a cohesive hyperlink between two photographs, so we’ll see how that goes. I hope to not take the set to greater than 50, however I don’t thoughts eradicating just a few extra if crucial.


One of many first stuff you’ll discover is that there are only a few shade pictures. I did embrace much more of my fall shade work in my preliminary choice, but it surely actually doesn’t appear to suit, and even now, I’m undecided that the 4 brightly coloured pictures have a spot on this portfolio, however we’ll see how we get on with that too. For now, I’ve to determine on my technique for putting these shade pictures amongst the black and white work.

Up to now I’ve tried varied issues, akin to interspersing the colour work alternating between shade and black and white, and in addition including the work in pairs, two shade pictures then two black and white pictures, and I preferred each kinds. For this set, I don’t have sufficient pictures to do both of these issues, so I believe what I’ll strive is to let the colour construct, then fade it out once more.

Additionally, discover that my choice at the moment solely accommodates two portrait orientation pictures, and the remaining are panorama orientation. I’m going to strive utilizing the 2 portrait orientation pictures as bookends both aspect of the colour work. I even have one shot of the cranes within the river that may be a shade picture, however solely a barely heat tone, in a picture that’s near black and white, so I’ve put that earlier than the primary bookend. That is mainly saying to the viewer, right here comes a little bit of shade!

Tentatively, for now, I’ve put primary ten shade pictures in the course of the set. I believe that may assist to interrupt up the black and white work, virtually like giving the viewer a break with a splash of shade. I additionally struggled with the position of the intentional digicam motion bushes within the snow shot. Though it’s shade, it doesn’t actually slot in the primary set, and since it has some heat brown to beige tones, it may very well be used to ramp down exterior the closing bookend.

Actually, I additionally really feel that the pink within the Shinto Gate shot with a splash of orange within the sky is maybe additionally not shade sufficient to maintain that between the bookends, so I’m going to place that earlier than my winter persimmon fruit tree as effectively.

What I additionally love to do is use a shade wheel to test the relationships between my colours after I’ve put my pictures into an order that appears pleasing to me. This isn’t essentially a science, however the relationship and stream or motion of the colour is vital. Check out the photographs numbered one by way of six on this screenshot that I’ve marked up a little bit, and added my shade samples on a shade wheel, executed in a Mac OS X program known as Spectrum from the App Retailer, that I completely love and use quite a bit.

Color Ramp Up and Down
Shade Ramp Up and Down

I’ll stroll you thru my mark-up although, beginning with the gradual introduction of shade earlier than the opening bookend vertical picture. I ordered my three inexperienced pictures so as of vividness, and we will affirm that gradual enhance from the samples 1, 2 and three on the colour wheel. Then, we hop throughout from the colour of the foliage which is already near yellow, to the surprisingly shut and subsequently not so stunning leap to the neighboring shade.

Probably the most jarring bounce is from the orange fall foliage to the stunning blue waterfall, however if you happen to take a look at the colours numbered four and 5 from these two pictures, we will see that they’re near being reverse one another on the colour wheel, making them contrasting colours, which we really discover fairly pleasing to take a look at, so this shouldn’t be as stunning a leap as you would possibly count on.

A lot of you’ll recall the blue waterfall shot because the picture I used for the podcast paintings for quite a few years within the early days. Some individuals assume it’s falsely too blue, however I guarantee you, that was the colour of the falls within the shaded gorge the place the falls reside, actually moments earlier than the day utterly gave option to the night time. If I run auto-white stability on this shot, which normally neutralizes any false changes, the colour of the falls doesn’t change.

After the blue waterfall there’s one other blue waterfall that’s enhanced barely, however the blue in that shot is once more a lot much less vivid, as you may see from pattern quantity six on the colour wheel. I then use the second bookend vertical shot, which is definitely a closeup of the waterfall instantly above it within the screenshot. There isn’t a variety of shade on this picture as effectively, so it’s persevering with to progressively ease us out of the colour group, and the predominant snow and virtually white birch bushes within the last shade picture will ease us again into the world of black and white.

Opening and Closing Pictures

The following factor I did was determine on my opening and shutting photographs. For my opening picture, I actually need to use one thing sturdy, and a sign to the viewer of what kind of pictures they’re going to see. It must be one thing that just about represents my work, which is generally winter landscapes. For now, I believe I’m going to pick out the picture of what I conceitedly name Martin’s Tree, because it’s my favourite tree in Hokkaido however is without doubt one of the few giant bushes up there that doesn’t even have a reputation.

As a closing shot, I’m going to make use of my picture of the picket jetty on the finish of the day, partly as a result of it was the tip of the day and would, subsequently, assist to suggest the tip of the portfolio, but additionally as a result of it’s actually a useless finish, as in if you happen to have been to stroll off the tip of it, all that’s ready is a deep darkish chilly lake. Let’s simply cease proper right here, if you realize what I imply.

Establish Teams inside Teams

Subsequent, I’m going to start out and search for teams of pictures, and possibly additionally teams inside these teams. For instance, though they have been taken in numerous years, I’ve three photographs of the tetrapods at one of many fishing ports that we go to on my Hokkaido Winter Panorama images tour, so for now, I’m going to place them collectively.

Fishing Boats Group
Fishing Boats Group

It’s usually tough to know what to do with these types of teams, as in, can we break them up and drop a fishing boat shot in right here and there, or can we do what we did with the colour pictures, and group them collectively? Additionally, I might use the shot of the entrance of the road of boats to suggest the beginning, and line of boats from the again to suggest the tip. Or, I might use the boat graveyard photographs to complete, as a result of it’s actually the tip of the highway, or sea on this case, for these boats.

As with all of what I’m speaking about right here, these are the thought course of that I work by way of, and none of it’s set in stone. By strolling you thru what I take into consideration as I do that, I’m simply hoping it can enable you to make higher choices or affirm that you’re making related choices once you work by yourself portfolio sequencing. I like the concept of the footprints main in direction of the small boats within the snow as a number one shot for this group, and I’ve purposefully positioned the large sky view of the boat graveyard between the 2 side-on photographs.

I believe I’m going to modify the stormy shot for the sunny shot, as I choose the story that issues get higher after the storm, and I’ll then swap the 2 strains of boats round. For me, I need to maintain them on this order as a result of that’s the precise place of those strains in actuality, however story-wise, I believe the again of the boats makes a greater ending shot.

Course of Components

The following factor I’ll do is take a look at the route of the weather in my photographs, and attempt to place them throughout the group based mostly on this. For instance, the beginning picture has the tree on the left and it’s resulting in the fitting. To counter that, I’m going to place my shot of the copse of bushes within the snow, as a result of I believe it balances out the primary. It virtually takes the power of the primary and stops it there for a second.

I’ve a variety of tree on hill photographs, and imagine me, I struggled to get down to only three related pictures, with the tree about the identical measurement on a snowy hill. As a result of they’re related, I need to maintain them shut, as a result of if I’ve them too far aside, they’re so related that individuals would assume they’re the identical picture. If I put them in quickish succession, the extra attentive viewer will nonetheless be capable of keep in mind the earlier picture and recognize the distinction, fairly than closing the browser as a result of they assume they’ve looped again round to the start once more.

Change Your Thoughts

Be mindful too that it’s completely fantastic to alter your thoughts. Strive to not change it so usually that you simply really feel like a canine chasing its tail, however don’t assume that something is about in stone. Even after you’ve posted a gallery on-line or printed out your portfolio, so long as it’s unfastened leaf, you may change it at any time. If you’ll print a sure e book I’d advocate operating your chosen sequence previous quite a few individuals earlier than you place your order, however in any other case, keep versatile with this.

I’ve already simply modified my thoughts on one thing I mentioned only a few moments in the past.

I’ve determined to place the three lone tree photographs each three pictures from the beginning of the set, so which means I would like so as to add a second picture between the primary two, so I’m selecting a straight on shot of the road of bushes. I really feel that the stream continues to be good, virtually like passing a baton from the primary lone tree to the copse which has it’s again to the second lone tree.

Zoom In or Out

I then have two pictures of the identical tree at Mount Asahi, taken three years aside, with the primary being a close-up shot from this 12 months, and the second exhibiting the viewer the broader scene. I’m primarily zooming out with the second picture, however you might zoom in, exhibiting the broader scene first, then the close-up. For this pair, I like zooming out.

Even with completely different topics, I believe it may well work to guide the viewer into extra intimate close-up scenes, then attempt to lead them again out to wider scenes.

For instance, after my third lone tree, I used one other left to proper shot of snow coated bushes and woods, a center shot that’s extra intimate, then a wider shot that leads proper to left, as soon as once more pausing the attention, earlier than beginning once more with a copse of bushes on the left, then one other front-on line of bushes, then a copse of bushes on the fitting.

Change Gears

That really completes all of my pictures of bushes and woods within the snow, aside from one close-up of a tree that has really now been minimize down as a result of it bought sick round eight years in the past now. It is a a lot nearer view of a tree than all of the others, and it’s a really graphical, dynamic form, so I’m utilizing this to virtually say, OK, that’s that, and we’re shifting on to one thing else now. This tree can also be main the viewer from left to proper, so I comply with with one thing completely different, but it surely additionally now for the primary time has some man-made parts. I’m mainly saying, right here’s nature, handing over to a little bit of human intervention, with the avalanche boundaries on the aspect of the hill within the northern-most metropolis of Japan.

I then positioned one other shot of artificial objects, the fish drying frames within the snow. It is a one-point perspective shot, main the viewer’s eye on to the again of the shot, and for the attentive, you’ll discover a small patch of sea there. Chances are you’ll, after all, have to take a look at the bigger picture within the new portfolio gallery to see that. It will likely be linked beneath Portfolios above by the point I’ve completed this submit.

I’ll drop in one other screenshot at this level although, so you may see the place we’re at in any case that. Having hinted on the nautical and fishing theme with the glimpse of the ocean behind the fish drying frames, we then begin the collection of fishing boats that we ordered earlier.

Half Way There
Half Manner There

Create a Storyline

I’ve additionally now added two extra ending photographs. With the Ezo Deer operating throughout the snow because the solar drops nearer to the horizon inflicting solar beams to interrupt by way of the clouds, and a Northern Crimson Fox climbs a snow-covered hill near nightfall. This stuff is probably not apparent to a viewer of a slideshow for instance, when every picture is simply on-screen for 4 or 5 seconds, however I believe they assist to make the presentation really feel extra pure.

At this level, I now have to discover a house for round 5 extra images. The stone jetty main out to sea, the third picture from the left on the center row above, is form of OK the place it’s, I assume. We might consider that as main us again to the water, earlier than the water within the subsequent few pictures. I like that shot, however I’m near eradicating it as a result of I can’t discover a actually convincing house for it on this set.

Rework Photographs If Needed

The picture after that, of the snow pillows within the river, is certainly one of three pictures that was processed in Silver Efex Professional and I’ve not but reworked. If I’m going to go away that in, I’ll go and seize my unique uncooked file and course of that in Seize One Professional for 2 causes. Firstly, the firming of the present model is bluer than the remainder of my work, which is a barely hotter tone by comparability, however the actuality is that the remainder of my work is totally impartial. I’ve already reworked round ten of the opposite pictures, which might be older than 2016, which is once I jumped ship to Seize One Professional. I simply really feel that the picture high quality is best, and subsequently I take advantage of alternatives like this to progressively replace my archive.

Minimize Your self Some Slack, Or Not

The 2 pictures of grasses poking out of the snow are in my thoughts a pair, that I need to maintain collectively, and I used to be considering that I’d zoom in to them from the bottom of the bushes as you noticed them within the earlier screenshot, however they don’t actually work there. I’m not utterly proud of this, however I’m going to maneuver them between the copse on the fitting aspect and the previous tree that was minimize down. Tonally they work effectively there, so I’m not going to fret about that anymore at this level. It’s utterly as much as you if you wish to minimize your self some slack on these choices. The choice for me at this level is to take away them from the set, however I like them an excessive amount of to do this.

Additionally, and not using a good house for the intimate shot of the highest of the frozen Oshin Koshin Falls, I recalled that that picture was really nonetheless in shade, with some faint blue within the ice, so I used the Superior Shade Editor in Seize One Professional to pick out that blue, and elevated the saturation barely, so {that a} viewer would be capable of detect the colour as we come out of the colour picture group in the course of the set. That additionally retains all six of my waterfall pictures collectively, which I like. As soon as once more, the technique of getting teams inside teams.

The vertical strains of the intentional digicam motion shot of the birch bushes additionally, to a level, mirrors the vertical posts within the snow within the picture that I’ve put subsequent to that, and we’re then led into my fishing port tetrapod photographs, then I positioned my two different tetrapod photographs, making {that a} group of 5, and I put the black rocks with the crashing wave shot from Okinawa after that. It was a scorching sizzling day once I shot that, however you may’t actually inform from the photographs, so it feels fantastic there.

Residence Stretch

I then have the wind farm shot with the stormy sky, and a sunbeam shot which can also be fairly dramatic, resulting in the ultimate sunbeam shot with the deer heading house then the fox heading house, then the night jetty to complete. Phew! I believe we’ve lastly executed it! To test, I sit again, seize a espresso, and watch the set by way of in slideshow mode, however the stream feels good to me. Right here’s one final screenshot of the set.

Final Order
Last Order

On this last sequence, you’ll discover that all the lighter photographs are firstly of the set, then the photographs get progressively darker resulting in the colour work, then progressively darker once more in direction of the tip. That additionally feels very pure to me. Now all that’s left to do is to make sure that I’ve titles on all the pictures, and I’ll add them to my web site and create my portfolio gallery. Word that once I export my pictures the order won’t be stored, until I append a two digital sequential quantity to all the picture filenames through the export. I really gained’t do this, as a substitute opting to only reorder them within the NextGEN Gallery as I create the portfolio. It takes a bit of additional time however I choose to maintain my unique filenames.

Outdated Versus New

One other factor that I’d like to the touch on is the dilemma of whether or not or to not exchange previous pictures with new ones. It’s very easy to need our newest work to be our greatest, and I’ve talked about quite a few occasions, that I imagine normally that it ought to be. Nevertheless, when taking a look at pictures for a portfolio, I actually advocate that you choose pictures based mostly on the benefit of every particular person picture.

The one time I don’t do that is if I’m searching for pictures which might be to be printed very giant. Though I discovered not too long ago that my 30-megapixel EOS R pictures could be printed as giant as my 50-megapixel pictures and truly look higher, however there are limits. There are additionally restrictions positioned upon us generally. I’ve needed to discover greater resolutions for shoppers when the photographs have been going to be printed 5 meters large for instance, as a result of the initially chosen pictures have been simply not excessive sufficient decision.

Though I didn’t test this till now, I see that the oldest picture on this set was made with a 22-megapixel digicam, and that’s nonetheless a lot for many print makes use of, so there’s nothing to fret about there. I’d a lot fairly choose pictures that I really feel are worthy of the portfolio over more moderen ones that possibly aren’t nearly as good. The hazard, after all, is that if the reminiscence of making your newest work continues to be contemporary, you’ll probably favor that over older work although it won’t be nearly as good. Due to this, it’s additionally a good suggestion to attempt to make this sort of change a minimum of six months or so after you shot the photographs, though you may be taught to take away these feelings a lot earlier, so long as you’re conscious that they’re coming into play.

Give It Time

Remember that if you wish to do an excellent job of your sequencing, be sure to give it the time it requires. Sequencing isn’t an afterthought or one thing you are able to do in ten minutes earlier than you throw your pictures on-line. You are able to do it in your internet gallery if you need, however I discover it a lot simpler to do that in my picture enhancing software program, as we’ve walked by way of collectively at present. By way of time although, this in all probability took me a minimum of an hour of deliberation. Be ready to provide this a variety of thought.

Additionally, simply to reiterate that if you’ll be committing the order of your pictures in one thing like a printed and sure e book, then, by all means, undergo it with individuals that you simply belief and get a really feel for his or her response. I’m fairly assured with my last stream right here, but when once you view the gallery at a later time you discover the photographs rearranged, it is going to be as a result of I had a change of coronary heart. In fact, over time I’ll add new pictures and take away others, so this will solely be present till the autumn of 2019 or someday in 2020.

Adapt and Ask Questions

Lastly, in case you are sitting there questioning, what about portrait work, or sports activities portfolios and so forth. all I’m doing right here is sharing my thought course of. I didn’t go browsing and analysis what I’ve simply relayed to you and regurgitated it in my very own phrases. These are the questions and solutions that got here to thoughts as I labored on my new Landscapes of Japan portfolio. What I need to encourage you to do is to adapt the issues that I’ve coated to regardless of the style of your personal portfolio is, however extra importantly, I need to impress on you the significance of asking your self questions, then discovering the solutions to these questions.

Photographers must be drawback solvers in so many points of what we do. It’s our capability to establish and clear up issues that makes us profitable. If you end up at all times wanting outwards to your solutions, you could have a case of research paralysis, that I talked about in Episode 587.

In fact, it’s completely fantastic to consult with others and get recommendation — we don’t must work in a vacuum — however the extra you may clear up your self the extra satisfying the method is, however if you happen to nonetheless come up dry, by all means, drop a remark into this submit under. I’ll be very happy that can assist you if what I’ve offered isn’t sufficient.

OK, so we’ll wrap it up for now. You possibly can try my new Landscapes of Japan Portfolio here, or from the hyperlink within the Portfolios menu above. Due to Ulana for the dialog within the background that prompted these two episodes on creating and sequencing a portfolio. I really first met Ulana in Hokkaido in 2017 when she joined my Winter Panorama Pictures there, and I’ve additionally had the pleasure of touring along with her in Namibia on my tour there as effectively. She’s a really proficient photographer and beautiful particular person, so do take a while to check out her work.

Be a part of Me for the Hokkaido Panorama Tour

In the event you assume you would possibly like to affix me on my Hokkaido Winter Panorama Pictures Tour & Workshop on which I shot a variety of these pictures, try the tour page here. Proper now we have now locations for the 2021 tour as 2020 is bought out. If 2021 is full once you take a look at this submit, a future tour will in all probability be out there, so try the Excursions & Workshops hyperlink within the menu above.

Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure

Lastly, please notice that I can be releasing this as I depart for this 12 months’s Namibia tour, however I’ve solely had time to arrange one extra episode for launch whereas I’m away. Subsequent week although, I’ll launch an excellent dialog with my buddy Don Komarechka about his superb Macro work, and only a normal geeky chinwag, so please maintain your eye out for that. After that although, I’ll, sadly, must skip every week till I get again from Namibia, however I can be again, with some new work to share. See you on the flip aspect!

Present Notes

Try Ulana Switucha’s Work Right here:

Check out my Hokkaido Winter Panorama Pictures Journey Tour & Workshop:

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